Dylan began working with the Fuller lab in 2014 as a research assistant on the Gladstone migratory shorebird monitoring project with Dr Jimmy Choi. Prior to his work on migratory shorebirds, Dylan worked as a marine ecologist in Moreton Bay after completing his honours degree at UQ in 2013. Dylan is now beginning a PhD project (again at UQ) that seeks to restore biodiversity in the Noosa estuaries and lakes. Dylan still spends the odd afternoon in the lab with Jimmy, identifying invertebrates and reminiscing fondly of his time in Gladstone with the shorebirds.
Madeleine graduated from her undergraduate science degree at the University of Queensland in 2014. She then spent her honours year investigating human-wildlife conflict in Moreton bay, focusing specifically on how the public uses designated dog exercising areas and protected foreshore zones. She found that by designating 5 areas as dog ‘off-leash’ zones (instead of everywhere), we could conserve up to 97% of migratory shorebirds. Madeleine published her honours work in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Maddy is now beginning a PhD project in the Wilson Lab focusing on understanding and resolving conservation issues in Borneo.
In 2015, Kiran completed her PhD with Richard Fuller, Karen Mustin and Hugh Possingham on
shorebird conservation. More specifically, her research focused on (i) identifying drivers of population growth at different migratory stages, (ii) mapping protection of important migratory habitat, and (iii) identifying management solutions at local and international scales. She now has a postdoctoral research associate position at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology working as an ecological modeller.
Si-liang is a PhD student currently based at South China Normal University, studying in the Spatial Ecology lab led by Prof Hai-sheng Jiang. Si-liang visited the Fuller Lab at the University of Queensland during 2015 to work on part of his PhD project. He is exploring the relationship between biodiversity, environment, human activities and how to enhance the effectiveness of nature reserves through conservation planning on the fast developing Hainan Island in China.
Jeff completed his BSc in Zoology/Ecology at the University of Queensland in 2014, and then completed his honours under the supervision of Dr Richard Fuller and Dr Danielle Shanahan. He investigated the association between the presence of reported magpie attacks across Brisbane, magpie habitat suitability, the distribution of transport infrastructure, and human behaviour. It was discovered that magpie attacks were more likely to be reported in areas where the habitat was more suitable for magpies, human population density was higher, there were more roads and bikeways, and people were more likely to walk or cycle to work
Jessica completed her honours in 2015 as part of her Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Natural Systems and Wildlife. Her project investigated rainforest bird visitation patterns to remnant trees beyond the forest boundary. This was used to quantify the contribution of birds to seed rain, in order to improve the design of rainforest restoration projects.
Karen was a postdoc in 2014 working on migratory shorebird habitat mapping and determining the optimal distribution of banding effort. She has research interests in conservation and spatial population ecology, focusing on the interactions between anthropogenic activities and biodiversity conservation. Specific foci include the impacts of climate change on species distribution, connectivity restoration in fragmented habitats and the sustainability of recreational hunting from a socio-ecological perspective. Karen completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2010, and she is now based in Brazil.
While with the Environmental Decisions Group (EDG), Jessie assisted the Fuller Lab with field- and computer-based shorebird research, in addition to managing numerous lab logistics. She also assisted with revegetation and orangutan research projects for Kerrie Wilon’s lab. Jess also worked as part of the EDG communications team to organize the Student Conference for Conservation Science 2015, as well as to digitise, distribute, and market the e-magazine Decision Point.
Upon finishing her work with EDG, Jessie began her PhD at Queensland University of Technology. She plans to evaluate how children may be able to relate to nature using computer technology. In essence, this study considering how to engage people with Australian bird sounds through visual and auditory means. Meanwhile, Jessie is also continuing her work as a board member of Australian Citizen Science Association.
In mid 2014 Claire completed her PhD at The University of Queensland, focused on identifying migratory and nomadic movements in data-poor species, and using that information to develop new approaches to conservation planning and prioritisation for mobile species. She joined the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management in 2014 with Dr. Jonathan Rhodes and is currently working on projects exploring the impacts of human networks on conservation outcomes; designing cross-disciplinary solutions for integrating infrastructure planning and conservation planning; and exploring the effects of current and potential legislation on management of migratory species.
Jess graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of environmental science majoring in ecology in 2013. In 2014, she completed her honours project investigating the behavioural adaptations of bird to urban environments, in particular, urban roads. By observing the behaviours of birds crossing roads and foraging on roadkill, this project aimed to determine the impacts of roads in urban areas on birds. Jess found that the three bird species most commonly observed utilize differing strategies to cope with and thrive in urban environments.
Nick’s PhD focused on delivering the science necessary to inform large (continental) scale conservation decisions. He used a range of tools, with particular focus on remote sensing and spatial analysis (see Murray et al. 2012). Through analysis of remote sensing data Nick found that two-thirds of tidal flats in the Yellow Sea have disappeared in 50 years, heavily impacting shorebird stopover sites in East Asia (see Murray et al. 2014). He also discovered that the entire Yellow Sea intertidal ecosystem is Endangered. Nick is currently continuing his work as a research associate in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales.
Rocio’s PhD was focused on integrating genetics into systematic conservation planning. Her primary supervisor was Hugh Possingham. Her PhD combined genetic data with land use dynamics and climate change to set conservation priorities that efficiently conserve biological diversity in the highly fragmented tropical montane cloud forests of Mexico. This work was published in Nature Climate Change in March 2012. Rocio also published analysis using genetic data to prioritise islands in Vanuatu for conservation and a paper on future fragmentation of cloud forest driven by climate change. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with CSIRO.
Ramona specializes in species distribution modeling, and during her time in the lab completed a landmark study of the impact of climate change on Australia’s threatened species. Read the full report here. Ramona discovered that 59 of the 355 threatened plant species and 11 of the 149 threatened animals considered could completely lose their climatically suitable range by 2085 under the most pessimistic (business as usual) climate change scenario, while four plant species face almost certain extinction due to complete loss of suitable range even under the most optimistic mitigation scenario tested. Other components of the project modeled optimal restoration and protection strategies for Australia’s threatened species.
As a postdoctoral researcher in the lab, Colin studied population trends in Australasia’s migratory shorebirds using Bayesian hierarchical models. The results of this will help optimize habitat protection and inform offset strategies for migratory animals. Colin is now a lecturer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Lissa’s PhD was focused around marine conservation, with a particular focus on marine protected areas. As part of her PhD Lissa developed a new way to evaluate how protected area coverage represents biodiversity and addresses threats.
Carly completed a PhD in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland in 2010. Her research interests as a postdoc in the lab included understanding the evidence needed to support conservation decisions (see Cook et al. 2012), achieiving science that can help bridge the gap between academia and decision-makers (see Cook et al. 2013), and evaluating the evidence produced by systematic reviews of conservation interventions (see Cook et al. 2013). Carly is currently a postdoc at the University of Melbourne.
Cassandra completed her honours project in the lab studying the vocalisations of urban Torresian crows in Brisbane. She discovered that the birds adjust the timing of their vocalisations significantly in response to urbanisation itself as well as anthropogenic noise pollution. Cassie achieved a first class mark for her honours thesis. Since completing her honours Cassie has been involved with seabird work and hopes to pursue a PhD.
Tak’s PhD focussed on conservation planning at a range of scales, from global analyses of climate change and ecosystems to regional scale conservation of migratory species and site selection among networks. Tak now works as a postdoc at Stanford University analysing changing patterns of forest cover in the Amazon.
Jess graduated from the University of Maryland and worked for a couple of years at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Her MPhil research with the Fuller lab focussed on the impacts of urbanisation on birds in Brisbane. Using simulations of future patterns of urban growth, she discovered that compact urban development delivers fewer bird extinctions per capita than a sprawling pattern of city growth. In terms of human experiences of biodiversity around where they live, compact development leads to smaller backyards but better access to parkland and bushland.
Jess currently lives in Colorado and works for the Wildlife Conservation Society.